Madrid is the capital city of Spain, and the third largest city in the whole of Europe. It proudly wears all the grandeur of a Spanish city and has numerous places that display its cultural and aesthetic beauty. Below are some of the best places to see on your Madrid private tours.
This is the main shopping and tourist artery in the Spanish capital city. Running a length of 1.3 kilometers, it has had many other names during the various governments that ruled the place. The road starts at C/Alcalá and ends at Plaza de España. It was known as the Avenue of Mortars after the Spanish Civil War because of the shells that accumulated in the pavements and buildings. Besides, the place is an entertainment hub in the city with its share of theatres, hotels, shops, and cinemas.
Palacio Real (Royal Palace)
This was the residence of the monarchs from Carlos III to Alfonso XIII. It has been converted to a museum. You can enjoy the glamour of the Spanish elite through the architecture on display. Inside the building, the style of decoration has seen several changes in accordance with the taste of the changing rulers. The main features include the Throne room, the Royal Apothecary, the Royal Chapel, and Sabatini’s main staircase.
Museo Del Prado
Prado is the most important art museum in the country. It was established under the orders of King Carlos III in 1785 and was started by Juan de Villanueva. Recently, the building has seen several changes including renovations and new additions. There is a cubic building in the making as of now, intended to conduct temporary exhibitions. “The Garden of Earthly Delights” by Hieronymus Bosch, “The Third of May 1808” by Francisco de Goya, and “Las Meninas” by Diego Velázquez are the noteworthy works on display here.
El Rastro Market
This is the decades-old famous flea market in Madrid, where buyers and sellers take over the place on Sunday. It is a must-visit place for anyone on Madrid city tours as you can literally find anything in the market. The best thing is that you can find stuff that would be otherwise difficult to find in the mainstream markets or shops in the city. It is better to start early though, as navigating through the crowd becomes a struggle around noontime.
The neighborhood of La Latina has several food joints. You can relax in one of these places once you are done with your shopping.